Dominican Republic is a place full of cinematic landscapes and advanced infrastructure. Is the right mix between warm people and beautiful nature.
Is not only about the beaches and the amazing landscapes.
The local talented artists and crews come to the creative process with pride and passion. I always felt that they had my back and would do anything to make not only the film better, but our experience memorable. I am planning to go back many times.
To move around Dominican Republic you can use private buses lines. These buses are terrestrial transmission lines that take you from one city to another. The transportation fees are very affordable compared to other countries. For example, from one city to another it may cost between RD$250 to RD$600 pesos aprox. (US$5 to US$11 aprox.), standard fare. There’s always the option to rent a car. If this is the transportation you choose, beware of the way people drive on streets and highways, especially on highways. If you want to move inside the city you can opt to use mototaxis (motoconchos), public cars (carritos públicos), public buses. Either way will get you to your destination. If you’re going to try these do it with caution. However, hotel taxis or private taxis could be safer than the others transportation methods.
The dry season runs from December to April and is the main tourist season in the Dominican Republic. The best weather usually comes early on in the dry season as that is when temperatures are at their coolest. In Bavaro and Punta Cana on the east coast, for example, the average temperature is at its lowest of 24C in January and February. With highs of 27C and lows of 22C, the temperature generally stays within a very comfortable range and sunshine is plentiful making for perfect holiday weather. Temperatures are similar along the south coast including Santo Domingo and it Puerto Plata on the north coast.
Is DR a dangerous place? We say is a place where you can have fun without worrying about anything. However, as in most countries you must be cautious if you don’t know the area where you’re hanging out. Nevertheless, if you, by any chance, feel in danger, you can always dial 911 for assistance.
If you decide to move around DR in a rented car, on the highways you can call Asistencia Vial (Roadside Assistance) if something happens. They will accompany you until you solve the problem by paying nothing. This service is free of charge for everybody.
The official language is Spanish but English is also common among thousands of Dominicans who perfectly speak this language.
Local time zone is Eastern Caribbean (GMT- 0400).
Where everything began in the New World
The first settlement in the New World was established in this island, named by Christopher Columbus as La Hispaniola, place where the first aborigines ever known were met.
In a short period the Spaniard colonizers were highly successful in the production of sugarcane, mining and livestock, which built the colonial Dominican economic base throughout the Sixteenth century. On their efforts to exploit richer territories in America, Spain neglected the island causing invasions of French, Dutch and English pirates and a gradual impoverishment of the island. After these events and several others, the Haitian government ruled La Hispaniola for 22 years causing rebellions and therefore the Dominican independence on February 27th, 1844.
The eastern two-thirds of the island discovered by Columbus today bears the name of Dominican Republic, nation that experienced many political and social changes, becoming a tourist destination for all those travelers who want to explore magical lands full of culture, history, colors, joy, adventures and good music.
The culture of the country can be divided into music, food, history, museums and handicrafts. Barahona, located on the southwest of the country, is the only place in the world producing “Larimar”, a magical and special turquoise stone. It is definitely a piece that you would want to take as a souvenir of this unique place. Amber is another resin stone exclusively endemic of the Dominican Republic. This land also produces cacao, chocolate and the best cigars, rum and coffee you could ever taste.
In any corner of the island you can eat bananas and plantains in all its versions. From a mofongo (fried plantains mashed with fried pork skin or chicharrón), to mangú with salami (boiled mashed plantains accompanied with fried salami slices). You can also eat the Bandera Dominicana (Dominican Flag) composed by rice with red beans, salad and a braised chicken worth licking your fingers. If you’re dieting, we recommend you to make a break and GET FAT.
It depends on what you’re doing in DR. If you go to the coasts you might want to carry your new best friend with you, your inseparable pal, the new love of your vacation, the sunscreen lotion. Dominican Republic is a country with a bright sun; if you want to get a tan you’ll just need a half of a day to get it, and you’ll probably stay more than that in this awesome country. Bring swimsuits, shorts, t-shirts and your sunglasses. This country is a warm country most of the time but at night it could cool off a bit. Take this in consideration.
However, in the mountains it’s another story. If you’re coming to the mountains, you should bring something to cover yourself from the “frozen” (not that frozen) weather you might run into. In general, bring light luggage and don’t forget to pack repellent to fight against the mosquitos’ or you’ll be “eaten alive”. They will have no mercy with you so either should you.
Our personal recommendation? The first thing you have to pack is your camera. You’ll want to take photos of every landscape, every color, every face, every smile of its people and every adventure you’ll live on this mind-blowing piece of land, as every Dominican refer to its country.
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